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Zach Jancarski: A spark on and off the field

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Sophomore Zach Jancarski has worked himself into the starting lineup his year and has come up with some clutch hits.

Sophomore Zach Jancarski has worked himself into the starting lineup his year and has come up with some clutch hits.

This six-foot, 184-pound outfielder is a difference-maker for the Maryland Terrapins.

Zach Jancarski, an outfielder from East Norriton, Pennsylvania, has been a spark for the Terps baseball team, on and off the field this season.

“I’ll run through a wall for these guys to make a catch. They know that, they know when I’m in these I’m going to give it my all,” Jancarski said.

After starting in only four games all of last season, the sophomore has worked himself into the lineup 17 times this season. The Terps outfield is already crowded with talent and power, with Marty Costes, Anthony Papio, and Madison Nickens, but head coach John Szefc likes what he sees in Jancarski.

“He’s an exciting player he gives you good defense, he can run, he can bunt. Good things seem to happen to that guy. He seems to always be in the middle of good stuff, individually and for us,” Szefc said. “He’s an easy guy to root for because he plays hard and he gives you a real good effort every day.”

Jancarski’s best asset is his speed as he’s third on the team with four steals so far this season, only two behind team-leader Nickens who has started in 28 more games than Jancarski. Although hitting homeruns isn’t a big part of his game, Jancarski’s clutch timing has been huge for the Terps this season.

In an April 8th game against Ohio State, when the Terps were getting no-hit, Jancarski recorded the team’s first hit in the 10th inning, and later scored the walk-off run in the same inning.

“He really brings everybody else up and gets everybody else fired up when he makes big plays. That’s going to be a big part of what we got going down the road,” Papio said.

When the Terps lost the first game of a three-game series against the Purdue Boilermakers, a game which the coach said was one of their lower points in the season, Jancarski was inserted into the lineup for the next two games to provide a spark for the team.

The move paid off and the Terps clinched the series win with Jancarski scoring a total three runs in the two games combined.

As for his personality off the field, Szefc said he keeps the dugout loose when the team is struggling or in a funk.

“He’s a very team-oriented guy, he’s worked very hard to get into the lineup. He’s a very likeable guy. He’s a guy you’d want to hang out with basically,” Szefc said.

If the Terps can find a way to keep Jancarski in the lineup, the end of their season may end on a positive note, and hopefully for them, a trip to the Big Ten tournament, and finally the NCAA Tournament.

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